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Dr Paul Sullivan

Head of Department of PsychologyReader

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234789


Paul Sullivan is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Bradford. He has a specialist interest in dialogical psychology and its applications to qualitative analysis, mental health and organisations and has a wider interest in the interface between moral philosophy and psychology.

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Qualitative Psychology, Mental Health, Art and Creativity, Organisations, Social Psychology. Qualitative Psychology, Mental Health, Art and Creativity, Organisations, Social Psychology. Current Projects The Aesthetics of Memory Emotional Regulation and Dysregulation (with Professor I. Burkitt) Embodiment and Discourse (with Dr. James Cresswell) Migrant Identity (with Dr. Kesi Mahendaran) Fandom Rhetoric and Mythmaking (with Dr. Hannah Intezar) 

Professional activities

  • University of Bradford -
  • British Psychological Society, Qualitative Psychology Section. History and Philosophy Section
  • History and Philosophy Section of the BPS QMIP section of the BPS.
  • Chair.History and Philosophy Section of the BPS,
  • 01-JAN-08: Outstanding Research By an Early Career Scholar
  • 01-JAN-18: Publication of the Month: The effect of territorial stigmatisation on ontological security:


TitleFoxes who want to be hedgehogs: Is ethical pluralism possible in psychology's replication crisis? (2022)
AuthorsPaul Sullivan and John Ackroyd
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
TitleMetamorphosis from exalted person to cultural symbol: A case study of the GOAT in tennis (2021)
AuthorsIntezar, H & Sullivan, P
JournalCulture and Psychology
PublisherCulture & Psychology
TitleBakhtin’s chronotope, connotations, & discursive psychology: Towards a richer interpretation of experience (2020)
AuthorsCresswell, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitlePedagogical violence (2019)
AuthorsMatusov, E.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitlePedagogical Violence (2019)
AuthorsEugene Matusov and Paul Sullivan
JournalIntegrative psychological & behavioral science
TitleThe effect of territorial stigmatisation processes on ontological security: A case-study of Bradford politics (2019)
AuthorsSullivan P.;Akhtar P.
JournalPolitical Geography
TitleCarving a dialogical epistemology for investigating altruism: A reply to Mitchell and Eiroa–Orosa (2018)
AuthorsIntezar, Hannah; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleMirrors, portraits, and member checking: Managing difficult moments of knowledge exchange in the social sciences (2018)
AuthorsMadill A.;Sullivan P.
JournalQualitative Psychology
TitleTowards a literary account of mental health from James' Principles of Psychology (2017)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
TitleNietzsche or Aristotle: The implications for social psychology (2016)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleCrossing Chronotopes in the Polyphonic Organisation: Adventures in Experience (2015)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; Madill, A.; Glancy, M.; Allen, P.
TitleThe moral journey of learning a pedagogy: a qualitative exploration of student–teachers’ formal and informal writing of dialogic pedagogy (2015)
AuthorsMoate, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleDialogue on Dialogue on Dialogic Pedagogy (2014)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleVygotskian dialectics and Bakhtinian dialogics: Consciousness between the authoritative and the carnivalesque (2010)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleMedical training as adventure-wonder and adventure-ordeal: a dialogical analysis of affect-laden pedagogy (2010)
AuthorsMadill, A.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleEmbodied ideas and divided selves: revisiting Laing via Bakhtin (2009)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleAn Experiential Account of the Psychology of Art (2009)
AuthorsSullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
TitleBakhtin, Socrates and the carnivalesque in education (2009)
AuthorsSullivan P.;Smith M.;Matusov E.
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
TitleEmpathy and applied psychology: Dunne's (2006) report on 'The views of adult users of the public sector mental health services' (2008)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalIrish Journal of Psychology
TitleOur emotional connection to truth: Moving beyond a functional view of language in discourse analysis (2008)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
TitleManaging the polyphonic sounds of organizational truths (2008)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
TitleExamining the self-other dialogue through 'spirit' and 'soul' (2007)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalCulture and Psychology
TitleThe construction of self in online support groups for victims of domestic violence (2007)
AuthorsHurley A.;Sullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
TitleThe relationship between self and activity in the context of artists making art (2007)
AuthorsSullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity
TitleCulture, Personal Experience and Agency (2006)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.; Wright, P.
TitleA Dialogical approach to experience-based inquiry (2005)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
TitleQualitative Data Analysis Using a Dialogical Approach (2012)